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Minority Women Still Needed for Study
Cincinnati--The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) research study needs
more postmenopausal minority women from age 50 to 79 to participate in
an observational group, which will help doctors learn more about the
effects of aging in women. The WHI is part of an eleven-year
commitment, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to
advance biomedical research on chronic diseases that affect women.
Volunteers in the observational group need only to come to the
University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center to fill out a detailed
questionnaire about diet, health, and family health history, and return
for a follow-up visit three years later. Recruitment for this part of
the study will remain open through October 31.
"The WHI clinical trials are studying the benefit and risk of dietary
modification, hormone replacement therapy, and the use of calcium and
Vitamin D supplements on postmenopausal women's health," explains James
Liu, MD, director of UC's Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and
Infertility, and principal investigator for the study. "We are
collecting the best medical data on women's health ever compiled. The
WHI study will provide the participants' daughters and granddaughters
with information they can use to prevent or reduce their risks of heart
attack, cancer, or osteoporosis with diet, exercise, and/or hormone
Liu says, "Determining what reduces heart disease in postmenopausal
women is one of the goals of the WHI because heart disease is the
number one killer of American women. Among those who die of heart
disease, 90 percent are postmenopausal."
"This national study gives women the chance to contribute information
to future generations about the diseases that affect women as they
age," says Kathy Hrovat, research dietitian and spokesperson for UC's
WHI. The study tracks participants to see how hormonal changes may
affect a postmenopausal woman's risk of heart disease, cancer, and bone
degeneration and mortality.
All interested African-American, Asian, or Hispanic women between 50
and 79 are encouraged to call the WHI before October 31. UC Medical
Center is the WHI research headquarters for southwest and south central
Ohio, southeast Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. UC has already
enrolled more than 3,600 women in the WHI, and needs 200 more
minorities to be represented in the study.